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Countdown to the FE First Awards 2018 – two more weeks to enter!

September 13, 2018

2 weeks to get your entries in for the FE First Awards 2018 for college marketing excellence. Open to FE, sixth form and specialist colleges in the UK – with big discounts on entries for CMN members and categories only open to members. Closing deadline: 27th September for hard copy and online entries.

The categories for the FE First Awards 2018 are:

  • Partnerships & collaboration
  • Internal impact
  • Making effective use of research & data, sponsored by Pathways
  • Events management
  • Social & digital media impact, sponsored by Forward and Thinking
  • Website development
  • Innovation & creativity
  • Communications campaign
  • Targeted recruitment campaign
  • Prospectus, sponsored by Aston University
  • Individual award*
  • Marketing team of the year*, sponsored by AoC
  • Lifetime achievement*

* These three categories are only open to colleges in current membership of the College Marketing Network at the time of the award on Monday 26th November 2018.

Entering the FE First Awards
We’ve taken your advice in updating the categories this year, and we’ve simplified the submission forms, to make the awards as relevant and easy to enter as possible.

  • Download the relevant submission forms from the links above to our website at for the categories you want to enter;
  • Download the FE First Awards brochure and interactive entry form here (please include the entry form with your submission)
  • Deadline for entries, Thursday 27th September 2018 at 1pm. Incomplete or late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Fees: £80 per entry for CMN members for the first two categories entered; £70 per category if 3 or more categories are entered. £115 per category for non-CMN member colleges – or join by 1st September 2018 and pay the member rates. More information and how to join here. A PO or cheque must be included with your entry.
  • Entries should be sent either by email to, or in hard copy to The College Marketing Network, F16 Preston Technology Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ.

Why enter the FE First Awards?

“Winning Gold for the ‘Website Development Project’ category in 2017 was an incredible moment for our team. This project was a huge undertaking and having our hard work recognised by our peers and the FE sector’s elite was a huge honour. The high praise we received from the judges has acted as a real spur for us to think bigger and achieve more, and has given us greater confidence in our own abilities – as well as the credentials to back it up!”

Louise Greenleaf City College Plymouth

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